Thursday, July 22, 2010

Don't Skip this Movie

Okay - there, I went for the REALLY bad pun.

You might know Frankie Muniz from "Malcolm in the Middle". But before he was an obnoxious middle brother, he was an only child with a furry best friend in the movie "My Dog Skip."

If you haven't seen this movie, you really should. Really. The movie is narrated by Harry Connick Jr. (*swoon*) and also stars Luke Wilson (*double swoon*). The story is about an awkward young boy who learns life's lessons through the simple love of a faithful friend.

I watched this movie with my kids and I have to say, I flinched a little bit when one boy called Will (Muniz's character) a "titty baby". It was one of those moments where they didn't really act uncomfortable, so I wondered, did they hear it? Do they know what it means? Do they think that boy said something else? Should I say something? Because, if I say something then maybe I'm calling attention to that word that they don't even know is a bad word. Then they'll probably use it all the time! But if I don't say anything, then they'll think that word is okay and probably use it all the time! What should I do??? Then, before I knew it, the dog was drinking out of the toilet and my kids were laughing and I thought, okay, mini-stroke averted.

Later in the movie, the bad dude who is making moon-shine calls Skip "That damn dog." Again, I winced when he said that, but at least my kids KNOW that's a bad word. I've tried to protect their precious ears but even network tv is fast and loose with the 4-letter words. Even Taylor Swift says it.

I don't know if previewing the movie would have kept me from showing it to my kids... I guess I'm finally reaching the stage where I have to just let some things go in order for my kids to get the better part. Take the bad with the good, and try to pick situations where the good outweighs the bad by a longshot.

This post was from MamaKat's Writing Workshop
Prompt: A movie you probably should have previewed before letting your kids watch

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mama hall said...

Haven't seen it but probably will now! I like Frankie Munoz, and we all love dogs! :) Thanks for the review & headsup!

Jennifer said...

You are so much better than me. A damn would not have even made me flinch.

Ms. Anthropy said...

I really liked this movie.

Kids learn much from parents about right and wrong, but are still exposed to so much at school, on the playground and every place else. It is impossible to isolate them from all the bad words, or bad things. As parents, we can only guide, instruct, love and then pray for the best!

Anna See said...

We loved it. The final scene sent my daughter into hysterical sobbing, but I thought it was a lovely movie.

Gigi said...

Never saw the movie and doubt if I could get my guys to sit through it now at their ages (almost 16 and almost 54).

I had to laugh at your internal dialog - I used to have the same one; until Man-Child went to school - where he quickly learned all sorts of things that I didn't want him to know, and have conversations I wasn't ready to have. The best you can do is turn those moments into teachable moments - as I'm sure you already know.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

My husband and I liked this movie too. At least it was the bad guy who swore, (showing it's a bad thing to do).

Visiting from Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.

Sturgmom said...

I'm glad to hear it's good! We'll have to add it to our list.

I've heard that Diary of a Wimpy Kid is good, but I also heard there are some porn references which is REALLY causing me to hold off on letting the boys watch it. That's one conversation I am NOT prepared for yet.

Melissa said...

I loved "Malcolm in the Middle." Personally I thought it was more for adults or at least older kids than for little ones. Never saw this movie although we all really like Frankie Muniz. Don't know if I could get more 13 year old to watch this now, but you never know. We took her to see "Despicable Me" and she loved it!

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